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Ancestral Sleuth (#48171177)
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"A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP."
~Leonard Nimoy (last tweet)

Consciousness: That annoying time between naps.

"History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon."
-Napoleon Bonaparte

“To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child. For what is the worth of human life, unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of history.” —Cicero

Chief Petty Officer, US Navy, retired.

Enjoying the fruits of my labors - children and grand children - to the best of my abilities.

Traveling around North America in my RV with my dogs!

Currently, my favorite bumper sticker is "My grandchildren are cuter than yours"

If you have a problem with something I posted, please email me or click on suggest a correction instead of posting it on my contributor page. I will address the issue as quick as I possibly can.

If you would like a transfer, I do not follow FAG transfer guidelines, so feel free to ask. But if they are a relative of mine, let me know how you are related and we will figure it out from there!

The purpose in life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

One can tell the morals of a culture by the way they treat their dead. ~ Benjamin Franklin

To Err Is Human, To Correct Divine. If you come across any errors or have additions to the memorials I maintain, please let me know. I strive to provide accurate information and will be happy to make any changes necessary, or transfer them over to your care.


The wise man must remember that while he is a descendant of the past, he is a parent of the future. ~ Herbert Spencer

Our most treasured family heirlooms are our sweet family memories. ~ Unknown

Remeber and learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.

"There are things that we don't want to happen but have to accept, things we don't want to know but have to learn, and people we can't live without but have to let go." ~ Author Unknown

"Lest they be forgotten."

"May they live forever."

"When an old person dies, a library burns..." African proverb



Life is not a journey to the grave, with the intention of arriving safely, in a well-preserved body. Rather to slide in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming.."WOW, that was a Great Ride!"
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Sonia Glines
RE: LT Gary Rupp #66717300
He died the same place his wife died 2000
Berkeley County
West Virginia, USA
Added by Sonia Glines on Jul 19, 2017 10:45 AM
Sonia Glines
RE: LT Gary Rupp #66717300
No I didn't know him, I just find people my records are connected to and I find them in death records and places that give the dates and places.
Added by Sonia Glines on Jul 19, 2017 10:41 AM
John Dieterich Failing Sr# 76622848
I've been a member of FindaGrave for several years, but only recently really got into genealogy. In tracing my family back to John Dieterich Failing Sr, I have a question about his children listed. There are several children listed near the beginning of his Memorial page, but then there are links of his children's names below that, but they are different than the ones listed above. I know some of the links are "calculated links," but it leaves me wondering which set of children's names to go by. Can you shed some light on all this? Thanks!

Added by Karen on Jul 04, 2017 5:55 PM
Venita E Coffman edit request

I saw that you had put in for an edit for Venita E. Coffman buried at Trissel Cemetery. You show her maiden name to be Hale. Are you sure you have the correct Venita Coffman? I found a death notice for her and she was of West Carrollton, but had died in Reno, N.D. An Ancestry entry for her shows her parents were John Wesley Rankin and Elizabeth Leatherman. I keep thinking that I saw a Venita L. Coffman that had Hale as her maiden name, but I will have to try to locate that record to verify. I'll have to see if I can locate an obituary for her to hopefully give me a clue to her maiden name.

If I cannot verify a different maiden name for her, I will be happy to put through your request. Thank you for your help. I appreciate it.

Added by Becky on Jun 15, 2017 11:59 PM
Abbie Clark, New England Cemetery
Hi. It looks to me like you're quite the pro at this. I found a request you made to get a picture of the headstone for an Abbie Clark at New England cemetery in Cheney, WA. In March of this year someone tried to find this and several other headstones to no avail. Yesterday I found a website ( that includes a, "burial list(which was)transcribed from the Sexton files of New England Cemetery and my (Maggie Rail's)survey of the cemetery," Unfortunately her research found that many headstones no longer exist. She has a photo of all existing stones and markers as of May of 2006. Most are Funeral Home markers. Names on her list that are followed by and asterisk * are those she found no marker for. Unfortunately Abbie Clark's marker was not found.
Added by newchances2 on Jun 14, 2017 12:36 PM
william willett
i have reason to believe that mr. browning was the father of twin girls anna marie and elizabeth browning born between 1886- 1888, census shows that william browning was a farm hand of thomas baker berry in charles county mayland 1880, among mr. berry house hold was his daughter alzine sarah berry, it is known by my family that maragret hawkins and anna marie hawkins were living in the alexius middleton household in piscataway district of maryland1900. it is known thru census records that elizabeth browning was a servant in the clifford t. berry houshold he lived in waldorf md. clifford t. berry was alzine berry middletons brother' anna marie hawkins, really named browning is my fathers mother, my grandmother, it is known by public census records that anna m browning was listed in the household of livingston browning district of columbia it is known that my grandfather william e willett sr. married anna marie hawkins, but there is a mystery of who maragret hawkins was, was she anna maries mother or aunt or ?
Added by william willett on Jun 01, 2017 7:22 PM
RE: Mariassy's at Rock Creek
My pleasure! Kristin
Added by KJC on May 23, 2017 8:19 AM
Mary A. Cougar
Hi there... I left a picture for memorial 172552144 listed in cemetery records as Mary A. Cougar. The tombstone is very hard to read but I think it's Mary Angeline Conger. See what you think. It's in lot 130 and I didn't see any Cougars there. Best, Kristin
Added by KJC on May 19, 2017 4:03 PM
Susan Fitzgerald
Pearl Hill cemetary
I'm looking for Moore's, Malones and Fedrick who settled in Leake and Neshoba. Counties in MS.Thx
Added by Susan Fitzgerald on May 05, 2017 6:41 AM
Gene Larson
RE: William R. Steele #61613867
your welcome Debbie,i will fix it tommorow when the weather clears,gene
Added by Gene Larson on May 02, 2017 9:11 PM
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